They are never ever ever getting back together….
Taylor Swift has broken up with Spotify. The young singer is all done with the subscription-based music streaming service. As of now, that is.
The break-up has crashed in as a huge surprise, quite unannounced and abrupt. Her complete discography was brutally ripped out of the platform (and this includes her latest – the predicted-to-be-a-smash-hit ‘1989’ too) leaving her huge fan base totally shattered. There’s no Swift music to stream via Spotify now.
The channel, but, has reacted in a sweet, modest way, asking the singer celebrity to re-join Spotify. This is one bite of what it has written for her:
“We love Taylor Swift, and our more than 40 million users love her even more – nearly 16 million of them have played her songs in the last 30 days, and she’s on over 19 million playlists.
We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone.”
And they haven’t forgotten to add some mixtapes to complete their post-break-up note, one being ‘Come back, Taylor!’ and the other being ‘What to play while Taylor’s away.’
But, how bad is the scene for Spotify right now?
Spotify minus Taylor is like a diva without glamor. It’s ugliness, out-and-out. But, this was set to happen one day remembering how Swift had earlier been all bitter about the streaming channel. A big opposer of free music, the singer had quoted some days back –
“It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is.”
And now she has done it, like for real, this one being a full-on revolt against Spotify’s unfair royalty paying issues. Earlier it was Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Drag City from Chicago to pulled out whole back catalogs from the streaming service. Swift is just another footstep follower. Not that this trend will have its impact made very deep. With YouTube and other free services still intact, there’s no point why Spotify should be dumped this way.
But then, it’s the Taylor Swift genre, the songs of the singer who alone is still capable of attracting millions of album buyers. Her latest ‘1989’ is all set to make new records and has been surmised of selling more than a million copies in the very first week itself (It was Eminem’s ‘The Eminem Show’ in 2002 which fetched almost that much). This void that has been created, speaks on behalf of how bad things might get for Spotify. Claiming to be the best music streaming services without the best selling album of the year included doesn’t work. It only brings in some bleh-bleh comments.
Above all, the fact that Taylor is still available on Rdio, makes Spotify look even more villainous, hinting at how biased and prejudiced it is towards the artists. Fine, Rdio is a smaller entity. But what about Apple and its upcoming updated streaming service? Aren’t they both filthy famous?
With streaming sans Taylor numbers, the bad days are on for Spotify. And, Taylor, no, You’re Not Sorry.